Mahikeng Grants SA Navy The Freedom of the City
The South African Navy (SAN) was granted the right of parade by the Executive Mayor of Mahikeng Local Municipality, Cllr Lenah Miga, during the ceremony held at Motshioa Stadium in Mmabatho on 15th September 2012.
“Now that we will be granting the South African Navy the Freedom of the Town, we will be of course inviting them in all our Ceremonial Events in Mahikeng, they are also free to indicate as and when they will want to continue recruitment in the any area of Mahikeng. We are doing all this in the best interest of Mahikeng and its people. Let me to present this very clear to the world that as and when u talk to us, write to us, relate to us and see us, please know that we are Mahikeng Local Municipality situated in Mahikeng! The SA NAVY, which is one area that our young people have not been utilising enough to be the career to follow, continued its recruitment drive where in more than 1 500 learners and matriculates participated. Seeing the excitement from our learners made us realize how they acknowledge the initiative” said Executive Mayor, Cllr Lenah Miga.
Members of the SAN paraded with their band entertaining guests and as a form of honouring the Executive Mayor before the granting of the Freedom of the City. Guests included the Municipal Councillors led by the Executive Mayor, Senior Officials led by the Municipal Manager, Senior and Junior Officers of the SAN led by Rear Admiral Hlongwane of the SAN and members of the media.
“Today holds specific significance for both the SA Navy and the community of Mahikeng as the city is being renamed and the SAN is being granted freedom of entry and we are deeply privileged to receive this honour. We have a common objective of ensuring the safe and effective use of the sea, fostering national maritime development and supporting the administration and sustainable development of our maritime zones, seeing that more than 90% of SA’s trade is moved by sea” said Rear Admiral Hlongwane.
He further stated that maritime crime has become a pressing continental priority, addressing itself not only to the increasing frequency of piracy attacks, but also to other maritime crime which serves, amongst other, to degrade and deplete our renewable and non-renewable resources.